Calling all NSW young regional artists

NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship Program. Image: James Farley, In the Garden (detail), 2015.

NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship Program. Image: James Farley, In the Garden (detail), 2015.

Young regional artists are being encouraged to apply for a further nine $10,000 scholarships under a major new NSW Government scheme to develop emerging artistic talent.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the Young Regional Artist Scholarships (YRAS) aim to foster the next generation of arts professionals in regional NSW.

“The program will see 25 scholarships a year awarded over the next four years, allowing young artists to develop their careers through activities such as mentorships, internships, training courses, travel and creation of new work,” Mr Grant said.

“The first 16 inaugural scholarships were awarded in August, and we are now seeking applications for the remaining nine for 2015/16.

“In October, I had the pleasure of meeting 11 of the scholarship recipients at a special function at Parliament House. It was great to see how these talented young artists are benefiting from this exciting new program.

“I’m proud of the investment our Government is making to help young regional artists connect to arts organisations and training opportunities to nurture their skills and future careers.”

Mr Grant said the scholarships are open to young people aged between 18 and 25 based in regional NSW and working across art forms including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, screen and the visual arts.

“The first round attracted a competitive field and resulted in some innovative scholarships covering areas such as circus training, experimental photography and debut music albums.

How to apply

Applications for round two of the Young Regional Artist Scholarship are now open. Applications are open until 1 February 2016.

Watch a short video on the 2015 Young Regional Artist Scholars. An Accessible version of this video is available here.

Read the application guidelines and FAQs here.

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Published: 11 December 2015